Known as the backbone of North America, the Rocky Mountains provide a remarkable variation in the topography of the continent. With unfathomably large peaks, to extensive valleys, the range is a dominant factor in the United States, and beyond. As such, there’s no shortage of parks and preserved lands to entice both novice and experienced outdoor enthusiasts. Mountains areas such as the Elk Mountains, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park show off striking contrasts to the lulls in the mountains. Though even the lulls have their own remarkable natural beauty. These include areas like Fossil Butte National Monument and Dinosaur National Monument.